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Wed 24 Dec 2014
Posted by Chris von Ulmenstein under Camps Bay, Cape Town, Chris von Ulmenstein, entertainment, Events, Food news, Franschhoek, Hermanus, Restaurant news, Stellenbosch, Tourism news, Whale Cottage Portfolio
* La Mouette, Cape Town: 6-course dinner R445. Tel (021) 433-0856
* Savour, African Pride 15 on Orange, Cape Town: 5-courses R450. Tel (021) 469-8000
* The Conservatory at Cellars Hohenhort, Cape Town: 6-course dinner R 750 p.p. Tel (021) 794-5535
* Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, Cape Town: 4-course R955 plus eggnog. Tel (021) 437-9000
* Makaron at Majeka House, Stellenbosch: 4-course dinner R 55o p.p. Tel (021) 880-1550
* Bosman’s at Grande Roche, Paarl: 5-course dinner with pianist R1395 p.p. Tel (021) 863-5100 (more…)
Thu 27 Nov 2014
Posted by Chris von Ulmenstein under Cape Town, Chris von Ulmenstein, entertainment, Events, Food news, Franschhoek, Restaurant news, Tourism news, Whale Cottage Portfolio, Wine news, Winelands
One of Franschhoek’s most popular festivals take place this weekend , on Saturday and Sunday 29 and 30 November, ending off a year of festivals which Franschhoek is so good at organising. The MasterCard Franschhoek ‘Magic of Bubbles’ Cap Classique Champagne Festival is a mouthful of a title, but the 22 Méthode Cap Classiques (MCCs) and champagnes make the pilgrimage to Franschhoek worth while.
Taking place in a marquee close to the Huguenot Monument, top South African MCCs and imported champagnes are available to taste. Bubbly brands available to taste are Pierre Jourdan, Morena, Môreson, La Motte, Boschendal, Leopard’s Leap, Noble Hill, Plaisir de Merle, Anthonij Rupert Wines, JC le Roux, Krone, Pongracz, Steenberg, (more…)
Tue 14 Oct 2014
The Diners Club Winelist Awards for the Western Cape were held at Shimmy Beach Club yesterday, saluting the restaurants in the province, and the standard of their winelist content and presentation. Bushman’s Kloof won best Winelist in the Western Cape. During the course of this week the Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal awards will also be presented.
A judging panel, led by wine judge Dave Hughes, and consisting of Winnie Bowman, Nikki Dumas, Fiona McDonald, and Christine Rudman, evaluated 208 winelists nationally, and 100 from the ‘Cape‘, a province which has not existed for years! Diners Club threw the Western Cape and Eastern Cape into one ‘Cape’ pot in reporting on the results and in handing out the awards yesterday! A substantial number of Western Cape restaurants did not enter the competition this year, down from 96 entries last year to 80 this year.
Odd was the choice of venue, being the Bar section of Shimmy Beach Club, which did not have enough parking for the attendees, some walking for more than 1 km to get to the venue. We were welcomed with a glass of Pongracz, and the food was very meagre, being macaroni cheese croquettes and sushi! There was not enough seating for everyone, in a room which had some round tables, a few chairs and couches, but had no presence in making this function special for the award winners, compared to the venue used at the Vineyard Hotel last year. It also was not a finalist for the Winelist Awards! Very odd was using Anna Trapido as the MC, not generally known to the local restaurant wine stewards and sommeliers, in being the editor of the 2015 ‘Diners Club Rossouws (more…)
Mon 6 Oct 2014
Posted by Chris von Ulmenstein under Cape Town, Chris von Ulmenstein, Events, Food news, Franschhoek, Hermanus, Restaurant news, Somerset West, Stellenbosch, Whale Cottage Portfolio, Winelands
Eat Out has just announced its Top 20 list, communicated very oddly (and inconveniently) by individual Tweet to each of the Top 20 restaurants. As can be expected, there are some surprise additions and omissions on the list. Stellenbosch and Cape Town are in direct competition, with six Top 20 Finalist Restaurants each. The 2014 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Top 10 Restaurant Awards will be presented on Sunday 16 November.
New entrants to the list are La Mouette, The Restaurant at Newton Johnson, The Pot Luck Club, and The White House at Dear Me. The latter restaurant’s addition to the list is a surprise, given that it is only open twice a week, on Thursday and Friday evenings. Eat Out judge Andy Fenner supplying the restaurant from his down-in-the-dungeon Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants ‘butchery‘ on Church Street makes this nomination a conflict of interest!
Returnees to the list, after being eliminated last year, are Mosaic at The Orient and Terroir.
Omissions from the list, surprisingly, are Burrata (Best Italian restaurant last year), Indochine (very good score in Top 20 last year), Azure at The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, Equus at Cavalli, The Restaurant at Grande Provence, Springfontein Eats, and for many, The Foodbarn.
* Ineligibilty due to chef changes are Delaire Graff Restaurant, Camphors at Vergelegen, Mondiall, Pierneef à La Motte, Hartford House, and Babylonstoren, as well as La Colombe, due to its venue change and long closure as a result.
Last month we asked if Eat Out had enough Top 20 Chefs to fill its list, given that six previous Top 20 restaurants have had chef changes in the past few months.
The Eat Out Top 20 Restaurant list is as follows: (more…)
Sun 24 Aug 2014
I was invited to try the new Tapas Menu at Grande Provence yesterday, a day after it was introduced in the attractive industrial steel-decorated Tasting Room on the wine estate in Franschhoek. While The Restaurant at Grande Provence may be perceived to be on the expensive side, the Tapas Menu is excellent value for money, and in a class of its own, compared to very average offerings generally available.
The Tasting Room was buzzing at the counter made of steel, with its funky bar stools for which the seats are made to resemble tractor seats, very comfortable and stable seating. A group of about twenty filled the Tasting Room, having arrived with the Franschhoek Wine Tram, it being their fifth stop of winetasting. They are fetched from the Wine Tram railway line stop and taken to the Tasting Room by trailer linked to a tractor. The driver told me that
they are very busy due to the Wine Tram on weekends.
I sat at the only table in the far corner of the Tasting Room, and Chef Zayne Grobler (deputy to Executive Chef Darren Badenhorst who was out of town for the weekend) came to greet me, and talked me through the new Tapas menu. There is a big board on the right hand wall as one enters, listing the Tapas items and the prices, and a mobile one, which was brought to the table. As Chef Zayne and I went through the menu, we noticed some spelling errors, (more…)
Sun 9 Feb 2014
Posted by Chris von Ulmenstein under Cape Town, Chris von Ulmenstein, Events, Franschhoek, Restaurant news, Somerset West, Stellenbosch, Wellington, Whale Cottage Portfolio, Wine news, Winelands
Numerous restaurants in Cape Town are offering special Valentine’s Day offers for Friday 14 February. We will update the list as we receive new information.
* Catharina’s at Steenberg: Seafood Menu platter R1750 per couple; 5 course Valentine’s Set Menu R750 per person; and Vegetarian Valentine’s Menu R750 per person. All three options include a glass of Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Rosé 2011. Tel (021) 713-2222
* The Restaurant at Cape Point Vineyards, Noordhoek: 4 course dinner R495, or R650 with wine pairings. Nadine performing. Tel 083 444 7088.
* Frères Bistro: 3 course dinner with complimentary glass of Nicolas Feuillatte champagne R 395 per person. Tel (021) 418-1609
* Diemersdal Farm Eatery, Durbanville: Tapas platters and desserts as well as complimentary glass of MCC R 550 per couple. Tel (021) 976-1810
* Azure at the Twelve Apostles: Welcome drink, rose, and 4 course candlelight dinner R 795 per person, includes chance of winning half carat diamond from Uwe Koetter valued at R15000. Tel (021) 437-900
* The Kraal at the Twelve Apostles: Kir Royal welcome drink, picnic basket includes a bottle of Bouchard Finlayson Blanc de Mer, R1500 per couple. Tel (021) 437-9000
* Mondiall, V&A Waterfront: Oysters and glass of bubbly, 3 course dinner R350 per person. Tel (021) 418-3003. (more…)
Sun 22 Dec 2013
We will update our list of Christmas Eve dinners, Christmas Day lunches, and New Year’s Eve dinners and parties as we receive more details.
* Five Flies: 4 course dinner R425 + 10% service fee. Tel (021) 424-4442
* Liberty’s Restaurant, DoubleTree by Hilton Cape Town Upper Eastside: 3 course dinner, R220. Tel (021) 404-0570
* Holden Manz, Franschhoek: 3 courses R375. Tel (021) 876-2729
Christmas Day lunch
* The Restaurant at Grande Provence, Franschhoek: 7 course ‘signature dinner‘ R495. Tel (021) 876-8600
* Rivendell Wine Estate, Bot River: 4 courses R275. Tel (028) 284-9185
* Liberty’s Restaurant, DoubleTree by Hilton Cape Town Upper Eastside: Hot and cold buffet, R280. Tel (021) 404-0570
* La Belle Bistro and Bakery, The Alphen Hotel, Constantia: 3 courses R495. Tel (021) 795-6300
* 5Rooms, The Alphen Hotel, Constantia: 3 courses R495. Tel (021) 795-6300 (more…)
Wed 27 Nov 2013
One of Franschhoek’s most popular annual events is the Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival, which will be held this coming Saturday and Sunday. Close to 50 top Champagnes and MCCs (Méthode Cap Classique) will be available to taste, as is food supplied by Franschhoek restaurants.
The theme is ‘Black and White‘, with an emphasis on spots and stripes, and bubbly fans will be enjoying ‘The Magic of Bubbles‘ on what is forecast to be a perfect weather weekend. Not only will MCCs from Franschhoek be on show, but top sparkling wines from other regions and Champagnes will be too.
Veuve Clicquot winemaker Pierre Casenave will be at the brand’s stand between 12h00 – 13h00 on both days. Other Champagne brands available for tasting are Billecart- Salmon, Champagne Guy Charbaut, Claude Beaufort, Follet-Ramillon, Piper Heidsieck, Thierry Lesne, and Tribaut.
The 40 well-known MCC producers pouring their bubblies are Pierre Jourdan, (more…)
Sun 9 Dec 2012
* Il Cappero, Camps Bay: 6-course dinner and glass of Prosecco R350. Tel (021) 438-7074
* Planet Restaurant, Mount Nelson Hotel : 5-course menu R910. Tel (021) 483-1000
* Oasis Bistro, Mount Nelson Hotel: Buffet R650. Tel (021) 483-1000
* Tobago’s, Raddison Blu: 3-course R450. Tel (021) 441-3000
* The Franschhoek Kitchen, Holden Manz, Franschhoek: 3 courses R375. Tel (021) 876-2729
Christmas Day lunch
* The Square Restaurant, Vineyard Hotel: 3-course lunch R 415. Tel (021) 657-4500
* Azure Restaurant, Twelve Apostles Hotel: Buffet lunch, party hats, gift, crackers R945. Tel (021) 437-9052 (sold out)
* The Pavilion at The Marine, Marine Hotel, Hermanus: welcome drink, canapés, Christmas lunch, petit fours R 595. Tel (028) 313-1000
* Il Cappero, Camps Bay: 6-course lunch with glass of Prosecco R350 Tel (021) 438-7074
* Planet Restaurant, Mount Nelson hotel: 5-course lunch R 950. Tel (021) 483-1000
* Ballroom, Mount Nelson hotel: Buffet R700. Tel (021) 483-1000
* 1800° Restaurant, Cape Royale Luxury Hotel, Green Point: Christmas Lunch Buffet R320. Tel (021) 430-0506.
* Tobago’s, Radisson Blu: Buffet R595. Tel (021) 441-3000
* Le Franschhoek hotel, Franschhoek: Buffet R 395. Tel (021) 876-8900
* Le Coq Restaurant & Sushi Bar, Franschhoek: 3 courses R240. Tel (021) 876-4404
* The Franschhoek Kitchen, Holden Manz, Franschhoek: 3 courses R375. Tel ()21) 876-2729
New Year’s Eve
* Café Chic: 6-course dinner R485. Tel (021) 465-7218
* Il Cappero, Camps Bay: 8-course dinner and glass of Prosecco R 450. Tel (021) 438-7074
* Blues, Camps Bay: 4-course dinner, DJ, and unlimited bubbly R1700 Tel (021) 438-2040
* Zenzero, Camps Bay: 3-course dinner and welcome drink R 1000. Tel (021) 438-0007
* Hussar Grill, Camps Bay: 4-courses R475. Tel (021) 438-0151
* Azure at Twelve Apostles Hotel, Camps Bay: Buffet and live music R 1895. Tel ()21) 437-9000
* The Conservatory at The Cellars-Hohenhort, R750. Tel (021) 794-2137
* Constantia Uitsig: 5-course dinner R 850. Tel (021) 794-4480
* Five Flies: 4-course menu, masked ball, and sparkling wine R600. Tel (021) 424-4442
* The Greenhouse, Cellars-Hohenhort, Constantia: 9-course dinner R950, or R1250 with wine. Tel (021) 794-2137
* La Colombe, Constantia: 5-course dinner, DJ, sparkling wine at midnight R1600. Tel (021) 794-2390
* La Mouette, Sea Point: 5-course meal and glass of sparkling wine R795. Tel (021) 433-0856
* 1800° Restaurant, Green Point: 6-course dinner, and entrance to the VIP Sky Bar R1200. Tel (021) 430-0506
* Myoga, Vineyard Hotel, Newlands: 7-course meal at R850. Tel (021) 657-4545
* Nobu, One&Only Cape Town, V&A Waterfront: 8-course dinner and band R2250. Tel (021) 431-5222
* Orinoco: 3-course dinner, ‘Sixties’ theme, DJ, welcome cocktail, canapés, glass of sparkling wine R600. Tel (021) 418-4544
* Reuben’s at One&Only Cape Town: 5-course dinner and band R1750. Tel (021) 431-5222
* The Roundhouse, Camps Bay: 3-course dinner, live music and DJ, sparkling wine R1650. Tel (021) 438-4347
* Salt Restaurant, Ambassador Hotel: 8-course tasting menu, glass of sparkling wine, band R995. Tel (021) 439-7258
* Savoy Cabbage: Canapés, Christmas cocktail, gala dinner R995. Tel (021) 424-2626
* Signal, Cape Grace hotel, V&A Waterfront: 4-course dinnerR1950. Tel (021) 410-7100
* The Table Bay Hotel, V&A Waterfront: cocktail reception, Buffet dinner, sparkling wine R2100. Tel (021) 406-5000
* Tjing Tjing Bar, Dear Me: entrance fee, food, and party R300. Tel (021) 422-4920
* The Boat House, Scarborough: 5-course dinner and sparkling wine R980. Transfer R500 pp. Tel 083 305 8533
* Massimo’s, Hout Bay: Welcome drink, 4 course dinner R425. Tel (021) 790-5645
* GOLD: Cocktail on arrival, drumming, live music, ‘African Feast’, bubbly R1100. Tel (021) 421-4653
* Makaron, Majeka House, Stellenbosch: 4-course dinner R625. Tel (021) 880-1549
* Moyo, Spier, Stellenbosch: Welcome drink, 3-course meal, R495. Tel (021) 809-1133
* Restaurant at Clos Malverne, Stellenbosch: 8-course food and wine pairing R468. Tel (021) 865-2022
* Tokara, Stellenbosch: 8-course dinner R950. Tel (021) 885-2550
* Eat @ Simonsig, Paarl: Live band, 3-courses, bubbly at midnight R275. Tel (021) 863-3845.
* The Restaurant at Grande Provence, Franschhoek: Welcome drink and midnight glass of sparkling wine as well as dancing, 7-course dinner R790. Tel (021) 876-8600
* The Kitchen, Maison, Franschhoek: 8 courses, each paired with a Maison Estate wine, R950. Tel (021) 876-2116.
* Reuben’s, Franschhoek: 6-course dinner R1200. Tel (021) 876-3772
* Le Coq Restaurant & Sushi Bar, Franschhoek: 3 courses and a glass of sparkling wine R280. Tel (021) 876-4404
* The Restaurant at Waterkloof, Somerset West: 6-course meal R650, or R825 with wine. Tel (021) 858-1292
* The Pavilion at The Marine, Marine Hotel, Hermanus: Canapés, welcome drink, 6-course menu, R1150. Tel (028) 313-1000
Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com Twitter: @WhaleCottage
Tue 10 Jul 2012
MasterChef SA is the talk of the country, and we have only 3 more gripping episodes to look forward to in this season 1. To spice things up a little, we have launched two competitions, the first being a prediction of who will win MasterChef SA in episode 19.
We are also running the last of a weekly lucky draw for the correct prediction of who will be booted out of MasterChef SA every week. For the correct prediction of who will leave MasterChef SA in episode 17 today (10 July), Grande Provence has generously offered a 3-course restaurant voucher for two, to the value of R600, to the winner.
Darren Badenhorst is the new Executive Chef at Grande Provence. He left school in Durban to study marketing, but gave up after a year, because he realised that his passion lay in cooking. He enrolled at the Christina Martin School of Food and Wine, the most prominent culinary school in KwaZulu-Natal, where he did a one year intensive, ‘extremely strenuous’, diploma course. From there he went to the Benguerra Lodge in Mozambique as Executive Chef, but his stay was short-lived, having to evacuate the island after the worst ever cyclone to hit Africa destroyed most buildings on the island. He was appointed at Zimbali Boutique Hotel as Chef de Partie. He then moved to Eat Me Gourmet Café, a private contract catering company, and to Three Cities‘ One on One Events catering company, promoted to Executive Chef. Feeling that he had reached a glass ceiling, he moved to the Cape, and joined Gregory Czarnecki at Waterkloof. In this time he met Grande Provence Chef Darren Roberts at one of the magnificent Big Five Multiple Sclerosis charity lunches at which Waterkloof had participated. He started at Grande Provence over a year ago, and has taken over from Chef Darren Roberts, who has taken up an appointment in the Seychelles.
He sees the level of cuisine in the Cape to be far beyond that of any other region, and believes that competition between restaurants brings out the best in them, and is key to creating consistency. Flair and passion must show at all times. He admires Neil Jewell for his charcuterie, there being no comparison, and Chef Margot Janse from Le Quartier Français, for her creativity and experimentation with the food that she prepares. Chef Darren Badenhorst says that he will not change the menu drastically, sticking to the fine dining French cuisine with an Asian twist. The quality will be the same, but he will add his stamp to it. He has a small team of six in the kitchen, which will grow next summer. He lives on the Grande Provence farm, and loves his job, rarely taking time off. He likes to create dishes with balance, in texture and in colour. Coming from the Natal coast, he loves diving and spearfishing, and also therefore preparing seafood. His first new addition to the menu is a delicious soft shell crab starter on pan-fried sushi with sesame seed, with a soft boiled yolk presented in a beautifully crafted kataifi pastry, the colour coming from a red pepper aioli, and finished off with soya and wasabi pearls. His new Ballontine of Chicken with a bone marrow centre, truffle of pomme duchess, carrot and cardamom pureé, morel mushrooms, cracked black pepper, and fresh Japanese truffle, is an artistic portrait that could have been framed and hung in the Grande Provence Gallery! Chef Darren’s latest dish, which I ordered on Friday, is ‘Bacon and Eggs‘, a starter with home-cured bacon, quail egg soufflé, brioche, and hollandaise sauce.
Karl Lambour, previously with Holden Manz and Constantia Glen, is the new GM of Grande Provence.
Tweet your prediction of which of the 4 remaining finalists will be booted out of MasterChef SA to @WhaleCottage, or write it as a comment to this blogpost. Closing time for entries is Tuesday 10 July at 19h30, at the start of episode 17. The winner will be contacted immediately after the show ends. Should there be no correct entry received, the prize will go into the main prize for predicting the winner of MasterChef South Africa, in episode 19.
POSTSCRIPT 10/7: Cassandra Cupido has won the Grande Provence voucher, having correctly predicted that Sarel Loots would be eliminated in the Pressure Test tonight. Congratulations.
The Restaurant at Grande Provence, R45, Franschhoek. Tel (021) 876-8600. www.grandeprovence.co.za Twitter: @GrandeProvence Monday – Sunday Lunch, Monday – Saturday Dinner.
Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com Twitter:@WhaleCottage